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Real Food Real Kitchens will be hosting a screening and food tasting event at the Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel Island, FL on July 16th starting at 5:30pm. Proceeds will go to benefit local charity F.I.S.H. of Sanibel. Tickets are available by clicking HERE or calling 800-838-3006.
Cooking shows have been a staple of daytime television since its earliest days. Food focused programming has gained huge popularity on cable networks and Americans have reached a point where eating food is no longer enough. We now must be entertained by it.
Producer Craig Chapman saw this phenomenon happening and created Real Food Real Kitchens (www.realfoodrealkitchens.com), a TV series, magazine, and website about Family, Food, Culture and History, found on HULU and coming to Create TV. The website is part of the Taste Network (owned and operated by Taste of Home/ Reader's Digest), a community of premium food, entertainment and lifestyle blogs and websites that reaches 50+ million visitors each month.
Real Food Real Kitchens emerged in the midst of cooking shows hosted by celebrity chefs and modeled after competitive reality shows. Instead Real Food Real Kitchens offers viewers a peek into the kitchens of everyday people. The program features a different person each episode showing the audience how to prepare a traditional family dish that is close to their heart, while telling its story and background.
Chapman is inviting area “foodies” to attend an exclusive screening and tasting event on Wednesday, July 16 at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island (doors open at 5:15 pm and screening starts at 5:30 pm). At the event, he will screen two episodes of Real Food Real Kitchens and Sundial’s Executive Chef Criss Menassa will prepare a tasting of the food featured in each episode for guests. At the reception that follows, guests can taste some of the items featured in the screened episodes, learn how to try out for the show, get recipes from the series, and ask Producer Craig Chapman questions about making the show. There will also be other food and drink vendors on hand offering up additional delicious samples.
Included in the $15 admission fee is the screening, samples of buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits plus fruit cobbler and the choice of a non-alcoholic beverage or beer from Point Ybel Brewing Company or rum from Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum. A cash bar will also be available. Ice cream and baked goods will be donated by Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream of Sanibel and Geppetto’s. Each episode runs about 25 minutes. A portion of the fee will be donated to local charity, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel, in the name of former employee Ben Posey. Tickets may be purchased by phoning 1-800-838-3006 or at www.sundialresort.brownpapertickets.com.
Added Chapman, “Most people love the fact that you get to watch the episodes and then taste the food you saw made right after the show. Plus, the series really involves the audience emotionally since it involves real people in their homes making their traditional family dishes. It makes the audience feel like they could be on the show just as much as anyone else.” Chapman says he should not be considered a “celebrity chef” but instead, the brains behind the brand.
Chapman started his career in film and TV production at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, FL in 1997. After 3 years, he moved to New York City where he lived and worked for 14 years as a production manager for TV and film (at MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, People) and also as an editor for Seventeen Magazine and In Touch Weekly. He decided to take a chance with his career and move into producing. Real Food Real Kitchens is his first series.
“After the hectic pace of New York City, I returned home to Florida and Melbourne, where I was raised, to further develop the concept for Real Foods Real Kitchens. Chapman says, “I shot a pilot for the show in Brooklyn, NY before returning to Florida. I have definitely become a foodie but I love the documentary aspect of the show and telling people's stories. You could safely call me a food lover, home cook enthusiast, or a foodie, and a storyteller. I would consider Sundial’s Chef Criss Menassa to be a celebrity Chef.”
Chapman has a deep love for Southwest Florida and Sanibel Island where his parents went on their honeymoon in 1964 and came back as a family for the first time in 1979. He wrote an article last year for the Real Food Real Kitchens website called the Top 10 Chocolate Milkshakes and included Pinocchio's. (He admits when he comes to Sanibel he essentially goes on a Pinocchio diet!)
“Owner Donna Puma reached out to me and we corresponded via emails. I mentioned doing a screening on the Island and Sundial was suggested as the ideal setting. After an introduction to the resort GM, Bob Kramm, everything then just fell into place.”
“My family has been coming to Sanibel for over 30 years, so being able to host an event like this for Real Food Real Kitchens is very special. If this screening and tasting goes well, there is an opportunity to make this an even bigger premiere foodie event at Sundial.”
Added Sundial Chef Criss Menassa, “Food is our common ground, an opportunity to gather and celebrate. What better way to do that, in a beautiful setting, with an event we can all identify with?”
According to resort General Manager Bob Kramm, “Sundial is evolving as an award winning destination for its food, beverage, entertainment. Our future dining presentations will continue to celebrate our own Gulf seafood.”
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa was recently named the Best Full Service Resort on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in the annual Best of the Islands competition based on votes from readers of The Islander newspaper. For more information, go to www.sundialresort.com.
ABOUT SUNDIAL BEACH RESORT
Located near Fort Myers on the barrier island of Sanibel off the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is a unique tropical island destination with miles of shell strewn beaches. Guests select from spacious fully equipped condominium accommodations in various sizes, complete with kitchen, living room, and dining area. Directly onsite are three restaurants with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico – where guests enjoy live entertainment. The recently opened Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique is an extra feature. Sundial Beach Resort features conference facilities with over 10,000 square feet of meeting space and is a perennial favorite for Florida resort weddings. For additional information, call 239-472-4151 or visit sundialresort.com.
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